Ukrainian missile strikes in Russian cities kill several: Kremlin


Russian officials claimed on Sunday that Ukraine launched missiles in the Belgorod region of Russia, killing several and injuring more.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Belgorod region of Russia, confirmed the victims of Russia’s state media, saying that air defense was also triggered. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, some air defense systems were able to intercept alleged Ukrainian missiles, dropping debris into residential buildings.

“Last night, from 3 am to 3:30 am Moscow time, the Kieu administration used a Tochka-U ballistic missile with cluster munitions and a Tu-143 Wraith drone against the residential areas of Belgorod and Kursk. A deliberate strike was carried out. A military facility, “said the Department of Defense.

“The missile attack was deliberately planned and carried out against civilians in Russian cities,” the official statement added.

Gradkov told RT that the incident damaged several apartments and three dozen small homes. Belgorod is about 30 miles from the Ukrainian-Russian border.

The Epoch Times could not independently verify Russia’s claim.

Lieutenant Igor Konashenkov, a Pentagon spokesman, said Ukrainian troops also sent two “explosive-laden” Tu-143 raid loans to the city of Kursk near the border. He said both drones were destroyed, adding that Ukrainian troops targeted the Russian region “without missile attacks” overnight in cross-border salvo.

There was no immediate comment from Ukraine.

Full control

As Russia said on Sunday, Ukraine dominates the eastern Luhansk region of Ukraine after capturing the last Ukrainian holdout in Lysychansik, but Ukraine is still commenting after reporting fierce fighting there. do not have. Since 2014, parts of Luhansk and Donetsk have been held by pro-Russian separatists.

After the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, after Russia was unable to occupy the capital Kyiv, Moscow focused on complete control of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed President Vladimir Putin that Luhansk has been hijacked after Russia previously stated that Russia had occupied villages around Lysychansik and surrounded the city. Stated.

The minister said Russian troops and their allies in the region “have taken full control of the city of Lysychansik.”

According to the Kieu government, Sunday’s progress is a few days after Russian troops allegedly launched missiles at a shopping center full of civilians.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claims that about 1,000 civilians were in the shopping district at the time of the attack, with at least 18 dead and many more injured.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Jack Phillips is the latest news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.